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Work for the Dole projects providing experience for jobseekers.



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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson

13 January 2004

WORK FOR THE DOLE PROJECTS PROVIDING EXPERIENCE FOR JOBSEEKERS

Clarence Town and Forster will benefit from the latest round of Work for the Dole projects, Paterson MP Bob Baldwin said, which will provide work experience for 39 jobseekers.

“Unemployed people who sign up for these projects will gain a valuable connection and insight into the world of work and what employers are looking for when they have jobs to fill,” Mr Baldwin said.

“The projects are aimed at providing a range of experiences such as working with a team and individually on specific projects, which not only benefit the participants but it also benefits the community.”

In the latest round of Work for the Dole, the following projects have been announced for the electorate of Paterson: • Clarence Town - 15 participants will be involved in the repair of the Clarence Town Community Centre. The project will involve preparing and painting external walls

and windows as well as providing accredited training.

• Forster - 24 participants will remove undergrowth in bush areas surrounding Forster to reduce the risk of bush fires.

“In the Clarence Town project, jobseekers will be helping to repair an important facility in the community that can be used for a range of purposes. In Forster, removing bush fuel that can stimulate fires is a terrific way to help the local community, who have seen their fair share of fires during summer months,” Mr Baldwin said.

“These projects demonstrate that Work for the Dole is a two way street. Participants gain confidence and skills which they can use in future employment and at the same time, they are performing real duties for the community.

Since the pilot round in late 1997, 15,840 Work for the Dole projects had been approved across Australia, providing places for 265,285 Australians looking for work.

Full details on the Work for the Dole program can be found at www.workplace.gov.au/workplace/wfd